with him a short time before his death.
, so far as is known, proffered him any words of kindness, unless it were the reverend clergy of the neighborhood, who tendered him the solace of religion after their fashion, which he civilly, but firmly, declined.
He could not recognize any one who justified or palliated Slavery as a minister of the God he worshiped, or the Saviour in whom he trusted.
He held arguments on several occasions with pro-Slavery clergymen, but recognized them as men only, and not as invested with any peculiar sanctity.
To one of them, who sought to reconcile Slavery with Christianity, he said: “My dear Sir, you know nothing about Christianity; you will have to learn the A B Cs in the lesson of Christianity, as I find you entirely ignorant of the meaning of the word.
I, of course, respect you as a gentleman; but it is as a heathen
The argument here closed.
The following characteristic letter was written by him, while under sentence of death, to a relative then residing in Windham, Ohio
The 2d of December was the day appointed for his execution.
Nearly three thousand militia were early on the ground.
Fears of a forcible rescue or of a servile insurrection prevented a large attendance of citizens.